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After the unusual dialogue with its “historical enemy” South Korea, North Korea seems to extend its olive branch also to the United States.
The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, was ready Tuesday to establish a dialogue with Washington and even get rid of its nuclear weapons.
Of course, this would require that the Pyongyang government does not feel threatened after the talks, according to a delegation from South Korea who visited the North Korean capital.
After returning to Seoul, South Korean national security chief Chung Eui-yong also reported that Kim is also open to suspending nuclear and missile tests while the dialogues take place.
Before the unusual branch of olive trees, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, posted on Twitter that, for the first time in many y
Chung also announced that Kim will meet with the president of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, next month.
The meeting was part of a series of actions aimed at bringing the two Koreas that emerged in the framework of the Winter Olympic Games that were held in the South in February.
Previous attempts at dialogues between the three countries concluded without results.
The delegation is scheduled to visit Washington later in the week to inform the US government about the talks with the North.
USA He said he was “cautiously optimistic” about a possible improvement in relations on the peninsula, but ruled out formal talks with Pyongyang unless they get rid of their nuclear weapons.
During the Olympic Games, Washington argued that, without an anti-nuclear commitment, North Korea’s approaching gestures would have little relevance.
Kim Jong-un has met with very few foreign officials since he assumed the leadership of his country and the last time southern envoys visited Pyongyang was in 2007.
So the panoramic view of a smiling South delegation and sharing dinner with the North Korean leader is significant.
Among the Seoul envoys were intelligence chief Suh Hoon and National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong.
His presence had the objective of capitalizing on the reduced tensions after the Olympic Games , where the Koreas paraded with the same flag.
The hope is that, in the future, formal negotiations will break with the diplomatic distance between the United States and North Korea and persuade the latter to abandon their nuclear weapons, something he has resisted despite the fact that he is receiving more and more sanctions. .
The North Korean state news agency, KCNA, reported that Kim had given a “warm welcome” to the delegates and that they had had a “frank conversation”.
The South Korean representatives presented him with a letter from his president, Moon Jae-in, inviting Kim to continue the meetings.
The North Korean leader “exchanged points of view and reached a satisfactory agreement” regarding the content of the letter and gave orders for it to be answered, according to KCNA.
At the dinner, which lasted four hours, Kim’s wife, Ri Sol-ju, who rarely appears at official events , and the leader’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, who served as representative of North Korea on the last Winter Olympic Games.
Most likely, South Korea will not rule on this seemingly friendly meeting until its delegation returns to Seoul.
Official sources stressed that these talks are only preliminary, but political parties have “shared their opinions” on certain issues.
Asked if the issue of nuclear disarmament had been touched on the meeting, a member of the Moon administration replied: “I suppose so,” according to the Yonhap news agency.
ears, all the interested parties were making “a great effort”, although he pointed out that it could be a “false hope”.